LLM (Virginia, USA) 1995
LLB (Honours, First Class) Otago 1991
Admitted to the bar, NZ, 1992
Admitted as a legal practitioner, NSW, 2003
Appointed Queen's Counsel 2018 (known as King's Counsel from 2022)


Phone: +64 3 929 66 22
Mobile: 021 312 033

Legal Secretary Jan
Phone: +64 3 929 66 22

Montrose Chambers
P.O. Box 1744,
Invercargill 9840

First Floor, 42 Don Street,

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Fiona Guy Kidd KC is a trusted senior criminal law specialist. With 30 years' experience, she has been counsel in over 100 jury trials and 100 appeals in the Court of Appeal.

Fiona has appeared before Commissions of Inquiry, Coroner's Court, Environment Court, the New Zealand Parole Board, Professional Disciplinary Tribunals and all Courts from the District Court to the Supreme Court.

Fiona has presented at legal seminars on the Solicitor-General's prosecution guidelines and charging decisions, sentencing, substantive criminal law and the Evidence Act. In 2015 she was the Director of the New Zealand Law Society Litigation Skills Programme. She is President of the Criminal Bar Association of New Zealand and a former longstanding member of the New Zealand Law Society's Criminal Law Committee.

Fiona is an appointed member of the Appeals Tribunal of the Racing Integrity Board. She sits from time to time on the selection panel for the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation fellowships, scholarships and awards.

Fiona is named in "The Best Lawyers in New Zealand" for Criminal Defence.

Please view/download a copy of my CV outlining my full credentials here.


I take on serious criminal charges and matters which are important to you.

My work ranges from murder, manslaughter, sexual offending, Class A, B and C drug offending, arson, violence offences through to driving offences.

I have assisted companies and individuals being investigated for or charged with regulatory offences against the Resource Management Act, Conservation Act, Electricity Act and the Animal Welfare Act.

I have defended Proceeds of Crime applications and acted for a third party seeking relief from orders.

I have an expertise in appeals against conviction, sentence and against decisions on matters of law. I appear on appeals from all around New Zealand.


Being a member of both Montrose Chambers in Invercargill and Bridgeside Chambers in Christchurch assists Fiona to represent clients facing charges in Canterbury, Otago and Southland.